How to Cat-Proof your Christmas Tree
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We all know the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where the cat pulls the lights out of the socket and Chevy Chase places them back into the wall socket. Next thing you know, there’s a fried cat under the chair. (If you don’t know the scene, click here to see.) Cats just love playing with things that hang down so it is extremely important to ensure that your cat and your Christmas decorations are safe this season.

Here are some tips I found on a Wiki-How article written by cat owners about how to cat-proof your tree as well as a few steps they suggest that can be extremely helpful this time of year. ‘Tis the Season!

What not to do:

  • Do not leave the top of your tree stand open; the cat will drink the water and could possibly get sick
  • Do not hang glass bulbs or other breakable ornaments on the lower branches
  • Avoid using tinsel or tinsel-like garland on your Christmas tree; it can become lodged in your cat’s intestines
  • Avoid using Christmas lights that twinkle on the tree; it can be mesmerizing for your cat and could lead to an unfortunate tree tackling incident
  • Avoid leaving electrical cords laying around; tape them to the wall or place them out of view so the cat does not have any temptation to bite on the cord and possibly get electrocuted

What you should do:

  • Purchase several ornaments that are bells and hang them on the lower branches; if your cat tries to pull on the tree or hide underneath it, you will hear it
  • Cats naturally hate the scent of oranges so keep orange peels under the tree to repel your cat
  • If you have a plastic tree, a small amount of Citronella oil shaken into a bottle of water and misted onto the tree makes it smell unpleasant to the cat but fresh and citrus-like to you
  • Consider getting a Scotch Pine; they have extremely sharp needles (also works for curious small children)
  • For small kittens, wrap tinfoil around the trunk; they do not like putting their nails into it and it will keep them from climbing the tree
  • Spray the bottom limbs with tabasco sauce to keep them from chewing the bottom branches

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